Peacebuilding in the Field: Building Empathy in Action Workshop Georgetown University MA Program in Conflict Resolution

Overview of the Workshop & Learning Outcomes

In his bestselling book A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, former Al Gore speechwriter Daniel Pink suggests six areas that are vital to our success.

One of these is Empathy; “the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s position, to imagine what they are feeling, to understand what makes people tick, to create relationships and to be caring of others”.

Also Daniel Goleman, who coined the term Emotional Intelligence, states that empathetic leaders thoughtfully consider others’feelings – along with other factors – in the process of making intelligent decisions. Thus, Empathy in professional work is not just a soft skill; it is a key ingredient in developing the genuine relationships, human understanding, and communication styles that fuel impact and growth.

At the end of the workshop, students can expect to have:

  • Understood the importance of Empathy as a leadership and professional skill
  • Learnt practical and modern tools applicable in their own organizations and careers
  • Understood their own values and motivations better – who they are at their best and working from strengths
  • Explored effective ways of communicating with others, including what leads to trust, a key element of building effective relationships in action